The Dugout: Ladies #7Date: 16 February 2018 at 19:33 by Liam Cook
Coventry United Ladies return to cup action this week with a County Cup tie at Wolves. Manager Jay Bradford joins CUTV’s Liam Cook in previewing this Sunday’s game at Darlaston Town FC.
Liam - One route to silverware is now closed after the FA Cup exit to Millwall. Has the defeat encouraged the girls to succeed in the remaining cup competitions?
Jay - The girls want to win anything and everything, so that desire is always there. I guess when you get knocked out of a competition it allows you to focus more on the other silverware that is up for grabs.
Liam - Onto the next match, Wolverhampton Wanderers Women away, they’ve have won just once in the Premier League Northern Division. You must be confident of a victory?
Jay - Wolves are a tough side. I have played against Wolves previously and also played for them during my playing career. They have a real solid structure of players that love the club and want to see it succeed in both league and cup. I think we have to respect Wolves and prepare for a tough game. They have a new manager who will be looking to put his stamp on things and the players will be looking to impress him so they become a regular during his tenure. From our side of things we have the Millwall defeat to put right so a win against Wolves would certainly do that.
Liam - Wolves have conceded 40 goals in the league and have the worst goal difference in the division. Should we expect to see a few goals on Sunday?
Jay - I think offensively we are strong and can certainly create problems for Wolves, but we can not rely on stats to win us the game. We have to perform well and come together as a group to get the game won and see ourselves in to the semi final.
Liam - Should United progress, who would you say is the biggest threat to your ambitions of winning the Birmingham FA County Cup?
Jay - I would have to say West Brom, simply because they have beaten us in 2 consecutive cup finals on penalties. We have won the County Cup a number of times, so we are keen to regain the trophy this year.
Liam - And finally, as you mentioned, Wolves are one of your former clubs. What are your thoughts on facing your old team and potentially seeing some familiar faces?
Jay - I always get a really warm welcome whenever I return to Wolves, from both players and staff. It’s always nice to see some old faces, but as soon as the whistle goes it’s down to business for both me and them.